Tuesday 27 October 2020

10 Movements of the Chest

 A Mime artist's face is from the base of the neck to the crotch. The chest is his/her eyes, te belly button is the nose and the pelvis is the smile. 

2 Chest Rotations right and left 

4 Chest Inclinations - see below (Fix rib with fingers and lift up & over waist and incline.) If you get a spare tyre appearing aroundthe waist, you are inclining the waist not the chest. and 

4 Chest Translations - see below

As an exercise:

Explore moving the chest through it's different plains and thinking how it makes you feel.

Work with a partner to explore this further and even add a dialogue to your movements

Walk around and put an emotion or motivation on the movement. For example walking with chest (and head) translated forward = Aggressive. Walking with head and neck translated back = reserved.

In a group of 2 to 4 people create a short scene using the chest. Each person could assume a different chest  position and play the character accordingly. Or create a short scene where all 10 chest positions are visible and used. 

Monday 19 October 2020

Guardian Angel (Physical Leg Twist phrase)

 The Guardian Angel is an exercise that requires leg strength and balance. It is performed slowly and with control. See diagram and instructions below:

Part 1

1. Stand facing forward with legs about 1 meter apart.

2. Pivot front foot. Back foot stays in same position

3. Lift back leg up and point toe

4. Rise up onto toe, with front leg taking weight

5. Bring together and gently lower to floor

6. Take weight on front leg. Feel back with pointed toe.


7. Turn body front & on toes

8. Then gently lower down into starting position


1. On your own Practice the "Guardian Angel" whilst reciting a poem or familiar text like a prayer of nursery rhyme. 

2. Join with a partner or get in a three and perform a peace together using. For movement think of spacing, design, use of canon and Question and answer

3. In your group you might also choose some music.

4. Dramatic Scene: - In a small group create a short scene using the Guardian Angel

Friday 16 October 2020

10 Movements of the Head

As you practice these moves concentrate on performing the technique well (See diagram below)

Start by standing straight in a neutral position. Shoulders relaxed and feet should width apart.

1. Rotation - Rotate (Turn)  head to look left then right

2. Inclination - Tip head to the side, left and right, Tip head forward and back

3. Translation - Head shifts along shoulder left and right, Head moves forward and back like a funky chicken.


a. When you look, think about what you might be looking at? i.e. Why are you looking up, down, right-side etc.

b. Think about any emotions connected to the head movement, i.e. Shock, surprise, interest, 

c. On your own devise a solo using all the head movements.

d. With a partner create a scenario where the head movement is put into a real life situation. i.e. Teacher asks pupils question and pupils head  tilts to the side 


Give out some scenarios to each pair, which they perform using all the head movements.

i.e. Job interview, romantic dinner, boxing match, Tennis game, 

What else would Jesus Do? (Boal in the Bible)

Warm up games
Knee Tag
Sword fighting
Treading on toes
Force field

1. Split into groups of 4 or 5
2. Read through the gospel text together
3. List encounters where Jesus intervened in a situation, For example:
Women caught in adultery
Martha and Mary
Zacheus in a tree

4. In your group create images of each intervention in the story (which can be shown to the other groups)

5. Pick one story and create images for what actually happened before and after the intervention.
Explore through images other scenarios before and after (What else could Jesus have done?)

6. 7. Pick a scenario you like and explore adding movement and speech to each image.

Perform to the other groups and Discuss 

8. Replay and  invite people to intervene with alternative interventions.

Tuesday 15 January 2013

Creating stories (Tribes)

Ask the group to brainstorm what they understand by a tribe and write them on a big peice of paper.
In groups of 4 or 5 ask the group to create their own tribe asking the following questions.

1. What is your name?
2. What is your symbol? (draw and colour in if necessary)
3. What is your main value in life? (put in the form of a motto)
4. What types of clothers do you wear?
5. Where do you live?
6. What is your initiation ceremony to get into the tribe?

If the group want to add other details then they can. Feed back to one another about your tribes.

Story tasks:
Get each group to create a story about how their tribe came into existance. Get the group to present it back by acting it out.
Join two groups together to make a story which involves both of their tribes. Get them to feed back by retelling it and acting it out.

Sunday 25 November 2012

Creating scenes from characters

Here ae 3 easy steps to create a drama from exploring characters

1. Create a character:  (Or you could choose an exisiting charater)
- Write 10 questions to yourself to get an initial idea of who you are? How old are you?, Where do you live? Do you have family? What ius your favoiurite colour?
- Hot seat one another to find out more about eachother and yourself. If you discover more about yourself in this exercise jot it down

2. Write a monologue - More about who you are. What you like/dislike. Tell a memory from your childhood and one from a recent event.

3. Create Scenes: Put the characters together in a scene. Choose a context for where you are ie A parents evening, outside a burning house, at a party. Think also about character traits and each characters history to make links to one another.

Friday 23 July 2010

Apple Pie

One person stands facing the wall away from the rest of the group.

Someone is picked to say "Apple Pie" out loud in a voice different to their own.

The person standing facing the wall turns round and tries to guess who said "Apple Pie"

If they do not guess correctly then the process is repeated with someone else from the group is chosen to say the word.

This is an excellent exercise to create different voices, experimenting with voice tone and quality. It can also be used to find different characters and could be used to create a short scene. For example 3 voice types could be selected and Incorporated into a scenario. The type of voice can give clues to the persons character or even a particular scenario. A brainstorming exercise might be a good tool to explore this.